Last week before we broke up from school the whole of Star’s school year were invited to a residential trip at a place called Kingswood.
She came home so excited to tell us about the trip but had failed to understand that it meant staying away from home. She wanted to go, but not stay.
I did write a detailed post on why we finally not to let her go on my Zebra Hooves blog which you can read here if you wish. Apart from her autism, Star also has physical problems and a condition, Elhers Danlos Syndrome, which means her joints are easy to sublux and she gets a lot of pain.
The activities at Kingswood were mostly unsuitable for her, she has never stayed away from home apart from with family and she also has the other issue that I don’t want to mention here, but it would have been a big problem if she was away from home for three days.
When the trip time came, Star was worried about what would happen to her while the rest of her school year were away. There were seven children in total that were not going and the school had not told us what they were going to do. We were all a little anxious.
Then the school phoned and said that they were willing to take the seven children each day and bring them home at the end of the school. It seemed a great solution and Star was more than willing to go.
Of course, we still had issues with the fact that she wouldn’t be able to take part in the activities there anyway, but as she was so keen to go we decided to let her.
The first day she came back and was fairly tired but she’d not really done anything. She’d watched the other children climb walls, and go on the zipwire, and had enjoyed being a spectator but it was sad that she couldn’t take part.
Then the school asked if she wanted to stay for the last night. They had a big party planned and Star was really excited about it all. So, we packed her a bag for one night and she was off. I was so proud of her, it was not a decision taken lightly by any of us but as it was only for one night we thought she would be okay.
We missed her so much at home and could only wait and see how she got on.
She came back the next afternoon really tired and in pain, she hadn’t enjoyed the party and barely had any sleep. But, she’d managed to stay away and look after herself and for that we are really, really proud of her.
She can truly be a Star sometimes!